In our afternoon reading: checking in with Martin Sorrondeguy of Los Crudos, new nonfiction from Porochista Khakpour, new fiction from Maria Dahvana Headley, and much more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Helen Macdonald and James Hannaham, notes on new music from Prurient and Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel, and more.
The fact that this month’s list is larger than usual is but one indication that May looks to be an especially strong month for books. The works we’re most excited about span a variety of styles and genres, from essential writing about books and music to reissues of underrated works of fiction and nonfiction. Whether your tastes run towards the classical or the experimental, there’s a lot to enjoy; that the onset of spring means that you can do so […]
Aleksandar Hemon The Matters of Life, Death, and More: Writing on Soccer Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 96 p. I spent yesterday evening at a crowded bar in the West Village watching the United States play Ghana in the World Cup. Four years earlier, I’d spent a Saturday afternoon in a crowded bar in Williamsburg, also watching the United States play Ghana in the World Cup. Last night, a space full of supporters of the American team experienced a sort of […]
Morning Bites: Ellen Willis, John Waters Road Trip, Literary World Cup, New Web of Sunsets, and More
A look at the new collection of Ellen Willis’s work, images of the latest installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series, writers on the World Cup, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Aleksandar Hemon on Soccer, Emma Straub, Ned Beauman Interviewed, Chicago Literati, and More
Aleksandar Hemon on soccer, revisiting the Beastie Boys’ last album, Janet Maslin digs Emma Straub’s new novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Roxane Gay & Leslie Jamison, Hemon on Malamud, Akhil Sharma, “Diamond Dogs” Essays, Morbid Anatomy Museum, and More
Roxane Gay and Leslie Jamison discussed essays, Aleksandar Hemon on Bernard Malamud, Akhil Sharma on his literary inspirations, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Aleksandar Hemon on Displacement, Ballard’s Memoir, Marnie Stern Interviewed, and More
“I do have a sense of displacement as constant instability — the uninterrupted existence of everything that I love and care about is not guaranteed at all. I wait for catastrophes.” Aleksandar Hemon talked with the Times. Paul Constant previews this year’s APRIL Festival. (We interviewed the festival’s co-founder last month.) If you’re looking to buy some stocks and are decidedly fond of Moleskine notebooks, this might be your week. Dennis Lim reviews J.G. Ballard’s memoir. Christopher R. Weingarten on the […]